Lucknow: Issuing directives to the Uttar Pradesh ruling dispensation, the Allahabad High Court has asked the state government to release notification for local polls by Wednesday, November 16 2011 and conduct elections within six months.

Replying on a petition filed by Ajit Jaiswal, a High Court bench comprising Justice Amitabh Lala and Justice VK Mathur asked the ruling government to conduct local polls in the state, if 2011 census is available or else go for 2001 population count.

 It needs to be mentioned that, the state
government failed to comply with court’s directive to issue notification on October 31, 2011 claiming unavailability of 2011 census. Though the High Court ordered the Census department to provide the current census details to the UP government but it failed to do so .

Additional Solicitor General Ashok Nigam and Manoj Sharma cited technical problems behind their failure to provide census 2011 and demanded revision of the order.

As per senior advocate Naveen Sinha, local polls have been delayed due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Ministry of Statistics and programme implementation.

Representative from State Election Commission, advocate Ravikant informed the court that the entire election process will take six months. After hearing argument from both the sides, court agreed to election commission’s plea and issued notification for local elections.

JPN/Bureau